The Stories Untold

themed short story writing competition

What's in it for me?

why should i care?

Reasons to participate


Kickstart your career

take this first step to become a great writer

Build your readership

avail access to 10,000+ reading community

Fulfil your dream

all finalists get published in hard form

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how to participate?

1- Call for submissions

You have four (04) weeks to submit a 5000-6000 word short story.

2- Shortlisting of finalists

Within a week, judges read and rate stories. Finalists are announced.


5- Announcement of Results

Within a week, the winner of the competition is announced

3- Mentoring of finalists

Three (03) weeks one-on-one mentor ship to help you polish your story.

6- Publishing of Stories

Within three (03) weeks the published hard copies are dispatched.


4- Knockout Rounds

Two (02) weeks knockout rounds helps us discover the winning story.

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who won the past editions?

Wafa Zaka

Winner of 'The Stories Untold - Season 1' (Jun'16 - Aug'16)

Her story ‘Cursed and Healed‘ knocked out around 100 submissions in Season 01 whose theme was Perfect Imperfections. Writers were asked to talk about the struggles of people and how their imperfections make them unique.

Wafa’s story revolved around story of four (04) different people, leading four different lives who are shunned by the society into isolation with unwanted and harsh labels.

She went on to University of Management and Technology, Lahore as a speaker in a writing workshop on 20th Apr 2017. She still reads a lot and writes occasionally. Most of her free time is spent volunteering for youth platform named ‘Spread the word‘ which she co-founded with her friends.

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Zuhaib Shiekh

Winner of 'The Stories Untold - Season 2' (Dec'16 - Feb'17)

Zuhaib’s story ‘The Return‘ knocked out around 150 participants in Season 02 which was sponsored by ‘United States Institute of Peace’. The theme was ‘A War Within’ where writers were asked to build stories on how external pressures like peer pressure, society expectations and family restrictions play a role in radicalization of young minds.

Zuhaib’s story talks about the reuniting of siblings and their insufferable childhood. As they unfurl the dots and connect them with their searing past, catastrophe lurks in the fields of darkness where the harvest is always tantamount to what was sown.

Zuhaib tells stories through micropoetry, haiku, short stories, theater, stand-up comedy, screenwriting and novel. When he is not writing, he is a teacher and a coach, a dreamer and a pariah.

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Amazing! How do you rate?

what's the judging criteria?


*Relevance to theme


Grammar and Punctuation


Structure and Organization


Overall Impact of Story

Sum of all the factors will constitute your final score!

*strictly adhere to theme to avoid disqualification

Sweet! When is the next event?

how can I be a part of it?

The Stories Untold - Season 04 Will Start On